Interdisciplinary Global Programs Film Series Coming to Mason

Posted: October 4, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Mason is hosting the Interdisciplinary Global Programs Film Series, a showcase of four films that uncover globalization and poverty issues that face the world today. Each will have a special guest who will speak at the screening.

All films are free and will be shown in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus.

Thurs., Oct. 11, 1 to 4 p.m.

“Water” investigates the Indian practice of housing Hindu widows separately from society, which forces them into begging or prostitution to survive. The film follows the poverty-stricken lives of 8-year-old Chuyia and a prostitute, Kalyani, who dare to break all the rules and challenge a long-established system. The special guest will be Devyani Saltzman, the author of “Shooting Water.”

Tues., Oct. 30, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“Black Gold” highlights the global nature of the coffee industry using a case study of the trade between Ethiopian coffee growers and Western consumers. The film links the poverty in Africa directly to Western lives through the daily act of drinking a cup of coffee. Although coffee is a multibillion-dollar industry, Ethiopian coffee growers are poor and can barely afford education, health care and basic social services. The special guest will be Deborah James, director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

Mon., Nov. 12, 4:30 to 7:10 p.m.

“Walking the Line” uncovers the efforts of Mexican illegal migrants crossing into the United States along the Mexico-U.S. border and the deadly resistance they meet at the hands of armed civilian vigilante groups and individuals who patrol the border. The director of “Walking the Line,” Jeremy Levine, will be the special guest.

Tues., Nov. 27, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

“Senorita Extraviada” tells the story of the hundreds of kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juarez, Mexico. The documentary investigates the circumstances of the murders and the horror, fear and courage of the families whose children have been taken. The special guest will be the director of “Senorita Extraviada,” Lourdes Portillo.

For more information about the Interdisciplinary Global Programs Film Series, contact Matt Karush, director of the Latin American Studies Program.

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